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Local author looks to 'renew the wonder of the holy birth' in new children's Christmas book

'It’s written as a metaphor for the journey of the heart,' says Heather Dragoman
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Heather Dragoman and her new book. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Local author Heather Dragoman has released a children’s book for the Christmas season.

Song of a Dove: A Christmas Story was released in November and explores the events of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

“It’s a Christmas story that follows a dove home to Bethlehem, it contains heartfelt moments that renew the wonder of the holy birth,” said Dragoman.

She wrote the story and illustrated the pictures using pastels, she said.

“It’s written as a metaphor for the journey of the heart. Each character has its own message and relationship to other characters,” said Dragoman.

She also added that the book was written to be a keepsake for families to share and enjoy over the Christmas season. Although the book is geared towards children, Dragoman believes all ages with connect to the story.

Dragoman graduated from the University of Guelph in 1993 and has an English and fine arts degree. She works as a chronic pain therapist at Dragoman Health Clinic with her husband, Dr. Michael Dragoman, a local chiropractor.

Dragoman was inspired to write her book when her daughter played an angel in a nativity scene.

She said that seeing her daughter’s wonder and awe over the story of the nativity reminded her of her own small town childhood.

“I wanted to capture my memory of that,” she said.

Dragoman will also be leading a workshop and sharing her book at Unity Kitchener on Dec. 17 starting at 11 a.m.

Song of a Dove: A Christmas Story is published by Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. The book is available online through Westbow Press and Indigo.